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Breaking Stereotypes: Illinois High School Students Get Suave In ‘Suit And Tie’ Video

April 17th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer 

If there’s anything that’s been made clear over the past two decades, it’s that there is a general perception of black men that’s not accurate. Hip Hop culture and pure ignorance has fueled the fire that pigeonholes many young men.

To defy these stereotypes 34 juniors and seniors from Illinois’ Central High School created a music video –of sorts– wearing their best slacks and button-ups. The gentlemen walk the halls of their school, shoot hoops and chat it up in the classroom all to Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” record.

Best part: They’re all Honor Roll students, poets, future collegiate athletes and National Honor Society members.

Read more about these students at StyleBlazer.com 

12 Signs You Went To Catholic School

March 17th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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Going to catholic school is the equivalent of being a PK, that’s preacher’s kid. Everyone’s judging you because your parents could actually afford (or got a grant) to send you to an expensive school and they either assume you’re already bad as hell (remember the catholic school girls are freaks rumors?) or they’re watching for the first sign of you to mess up so they can say you ought to know better, being watched over by preacher’s and nuns all day. Sigh.

I personally wouldn’t go back to high school if you paid me too, but one thing I enjoy now as an adult is relishing in the fact that every kid across the globe who was taught by someone at a St. Martin de Porres, Mary Immaculate, Notre Dame high school can relate to these things. Here are 12 signs you went to Catholic school.

“Santa Is White”: Teacher Tells Black Student He Shouldn’t Have Come Dressed As Santa

December 16th, 2013 - By Madame Noire
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From BlackVoices 

A New Mexico high school teacher has been disciplined after a parent says the man told his black son that Santa Claus is white.

Officials at the school in Rio Rancho, about 15 miles north of Albuquerque, announced Friday that the teacher recently was disciplined for his comments to the student, but they declined to say how, KOB-TV reported.

The move came after students at Cleveland High School were told they could come to class dressed as Santa, an elf or a reindeer.

Michael Rougier said his ninth-grade son, Christopher, arrived wearing a Santa hat and beard, and the teacher asked the boy: “Don’t you know Santa Clause is white? Why are you wearing that?”

The teacher’s name was not released, and attempts by The Associated Press to reach school officials Saturday were unsuccessful.

Michael Rougier said the teacher’s comments enraged him.

“There’s no room for that in the classroom,” he said. “Whether this teacher felt Christopher may have been wearing this out of context, there’s no room for it. There’s just no room for it.”

Read more on this controversial story on Santa at BlackVoices.com 

Nelson Mandela’s Family Releases Statement & Says “We Have Lost A Great Man…”

December 7th, 2013 - By Drenna Armstrong
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Nelson Mandela’s family has released their first statement since the death of the world leader on Thursday.

In the statement, recited by family spokesman Lt. Gen. Temba Templeton Matanzima and released to the Associated Press, the family said, “The pillar of the royal Mandela family is no more with us physically, but his spirit is still with us.”

The statement went on to read:

“We have lost a great man, a son of the soil whose greatness in our family was in the simplicity of his nature in our midst — a caring family leader who made time for all and on that score we will miss him dearly.”

It is easy to forget that while the world mourns a leader in change, the Mandela family lost their loved one.

While they continue to get through this time and South Africa prepares for a period of mourning, a decision has been made in New York City as to how they will honor Nelson Mandela.

According to the New York Daily News, Mayor Bloomberg announced on Friday that a new high school will open next September in honor of Mandela’s legacy.

The Nelson Mandela School of Social Justice will open on the campus of Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn as a tribute to the leader. BGHS was one of the first stops Mandela made on his first trip to New York after being released from prison.

Mayor Bloomberg said regarding the announcement:

“President Mandela once said ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ Renaming the campus he visited shortly after his release from prison, will forever serve as a reminder that our mandate as public servants is to provide our children with the weapons they need for a successful future and help us build a city of inclusion.”

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott added: “Every time they enter and exit its doors, our students at this new school will be reminded of the values he personified.”

What a great tribute and it will not come as a big surprise if we see more schools around the world being named in honor of the great Nelson Mandela.

Serious Question: Does Anybody Care About High School Reunions Anymore?

October 23rd, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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On Friday, I will be stepping back into the time warp known as high school as I “celebrate” my 10-year reunion with a bunch of people I haven’t thought of much since May of 2003. Sounds fun, right?

Honestly, I wouldn’t even be making the trip, yes we’re talking a plane ticket here, if my cousin wasn’t getting married during the same weekend in the same city — and the couple of people I’m still friends with and talk to on a regular basis from high school weren’t pushing me to go. See I fall somewhere in the middle of camp I loved high school and camp I hated high school, but I have always stated that you couldn’t pay me enough money to relive those four years of education. College? Now that’s another story. But the fact that I would hardly consider high school the best time of my life is why I’m just a little bit less than enthused to participate in this weekend’s festivities — which at this point is only going to be a football game on Friday night.

As cliche as it sounds, we have Facebook now and the truth of the matter is the mystique of “I wonder what so and so has been up to all this time” is gone. A quick look at my page will tell you were I live, who I work for, and what I do darn near on a weekly basis and the same goes for seeing that Kathy, Jim, Terry, and Monique are now married, just had a baby, live in San Diego, or ain’t doing ish. In other words, I know what y’all are doing and therefore I have no burning desire to run up to you when I see you, arms wide spread with a smile on my face and ask, “so how life’s been in the last 10 years?” when I pretty much already know.

I’m sure at this point someone is wondering, why don’t you just stay your butt at home, and although that has become an increasingly plausible option, one of my closest friends has gotten me with the “I’m just going to be nosy” excuse, which, I must say, isn’t half bad. Social media really only tells so much — usually the good stuff — but seeing someone in person can reveal a whole other side you had no clue about. There’s also the possibility of someone unexpected/you forgot about/who doesn’t believe in social media showing up and making your attendance worthwhile. I’m crossing my fingers on that possibility.

Still, as I took a poll around the office about attending high school reunions, mostly everyone hit me with a look of WTF — as in, “why the f&*% would I go?” along with the implication of where dey do dat at? Hence my question now, how do you feel about high school reunions in this day and age? Are they still necessary? Would you go to yours or have you?

9 Ways the Office Is Just Like High School

July 8th, 2013 - By C. Cleveland
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Box ShotsYou might have thought that cap and gown saved you from the horrors of high school, but the game was just beginning in those school hallways. Sorry to be a pessimist, but here’s a reality check: the workplace functions a lot like high school. Pantsuits and briefcases offer a thin mask over the old-school social games adults play with one another.

If you ruled the cafeteria, rest easy knowing that your social skills will not go to waste at your nine to five. If high school was a nightmare, consider this your opportunity to do it all over again on your terms.

Do any of these high school games ring true in your office?

Head Of The Class: Famous Valedictorians And Salutatorians

July 5th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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It’s one thing to be smart, but it’s a whole other to be the top of the class. Before these famous folks were topping charts, television ratings, or setting other records, it was their grades that brought them recognition. Check out these surprising salutatorians and valedictorians.

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Say It Ain’t So: Lupe Fiasco Tells Male Chicago High School Graduates That They Received The Worst Education On Earth

July 3rd, 2013 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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From theGrio

Outspoken rapper Lupe Fiasco had some harsh real talk for a group of Chicago high school grads assembled by Mass Black Male Graduation and Transition to Manhood organizers.

“Congratulations, you have graduated from one of the most terrible, substandard school systems in the entire world. You have just spent the last . . . 12 years receiving one of the worst educations on earth. You are at least four, five steps behind people in other countries that are younger than you,” Fiasco said according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The performer was the keynote speaker at an event which included 150 recent black male graduates. According to recent studies, only 39 percent of eligible black teens from the district’s pubic schools graduate.

A Chicago native himself, and a product of the public school system there, Fiasco’s remarks were well received. He parted with some personal thoughts on the issue of manhood.

“Transition to manhood is the most important thing that’s going on right now. The caps and the gowns and your tassels and your honorary blah blah blahs don’t mean nothing. That’s just dress. That’s just some clothes. Meaningless clothes, too, because they have no real purpose in life. They don’t keep you warm. What do they do? They just represent to someone else that you’ve achieved something. But then when you look back at it, what have you achieved?”

Read more at theGrio.com

True Life: This Is What I Miss About High School…

June 20th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Diamonte: The sense of promise I felt.

Butrose: Being in concerts & plays..having Art class

Is It Right For Your Child? More High School Students Attending Career Schools For College Prep

June 3rd, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Many freshmen find themselves disoriented and overwhelmed in college and end up choosing career paths too quickly. As a result, about 80 percent of American college students wind up changing their majors at least once, according to the National Center of Education.

This is a costly move that often lengthens college enrollment; thousands of dollars are lost in the career switch. However, statistics are showing that career-focused schools counteract the bewilderment and confusion that most freshmen encounter at their universities.

USA Today says that more students who are preparing for high school are applying to career academies, like the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, which helps mold students into young adults who are prepared for college and the career decisions you have to make there.

Ashley Parker, the spokeswoman for the Association for Career and Technical Education, stated that children who enroll in these specialized schools do better on standardized tests. The knowledge needed to excel in these exams are applied to specialized high school programs. A four-year degree is nearly valueless without sufficient experience in your field. Some specialized high schools, such as Austin Polytechnical, offer hands-on experience, job shadowing, experience, and other useful field experience. This is what may give students enrolled in career-focused schools the edge in the job market.

Austin Polytechnical is also one of the few high schools that offers certification for metalworking. This is something that could cost non-students a couple hundred dollars to attain.

Picking up on the trend, President Obama submitted a $1 billion proposal to increase the number of specialized academies and expand opportunities for schools to incorporate preparatory curricula for students to be ready for college.

At the moment, career schools are catching the eye of students with higher GPAs, which is making the selection process more exclusive and the level of achievement higher.

To fight the competitive pool, students are taking courses to prepare for the admission exams that may welcome them into a career academy.

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